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Don't Skip Exercise to Keep Your Hair Nice

Surgeon General: Your Hair Shouldn't Keep You From Exercising


US Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin stopped by the 2011 Bronner Brothers Hair Show, which is host to over 60,000 hairstylists, to talk about something that a lot of us are guilty of: skipping exercise because we don't want to ruin our hair. For African-American women in particular, going to the gym and maintaining hairstyles can be difficult, which is why Dr. Benjamin decided to make an appearance at the hair show — she wanted to talk with stylists about creating more exercise-friendly hairstyles for their African-American clients.

Hair is a fraught issue for many women, and it's not surprising that sacrificing health for nice hair is a real problem. Do you ever skip a workout or physical activity in general because you're worried about ruining your hair?

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GummiBears GummiBears 4 years
@magickofreiki There are foundation that are sweat resistant. Just have to find your shade. I believe Clinique offers something to what you are looking for,
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 4 years
Hmmm well, maybe my hair isn't straighter/looser than 3c? I don't know. I can perm it, it just makes no difference in the final product and it damages my hair. My hair is on the fragile side naturally. It's quicker to flat iron, but not by enough for it to make it worth it.
magickofreiki magickofreiki 4 years
I'm ashamed to admit it, but yes, I am definitely guilty of skipping exercise so I don't ruin my hairstyle. I do feel a little comforted that apparently I'm not the only one guilty of this! I'm very into living a healthy lifestyle, but I'm also very much into makeup and hair- I haven't yet found a way to blend the two! The days I do a great exercise session I know my hair and makeup are completely ruined. The days I want to keep my hairstyle intact, I know I don't get as good of a workout.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 4 years
Jessiebanana, I have 3c hair and I still relaxed my hair (I no longer do so), straightened it profesionally, etc. I know other 3c heads that did the same. Since I've stopped, I remain in the gym.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 4 years
"Luckily" I have 3c hair so I don't have to relax my hair and/or have it straightened professionally and/or have any extensions added. I wash and flat iron my hair at home, so I have the freedom to exercise as much as like whenever I like. Also figure skating is a huge hobby of mine and that actually cause very little sweat, assuming you aren't skating in a heated rink. Ballet, my other past time, on the other hand is sweat-a-palooza.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 4 years
I think it's so interesting that the surgeon general went to a hair show. On the surface, some people might think it's silly, but it makes sense. Why not reach out to people who already have close relationships with their communities?
kelliks kelliks 4 years
I also have naturally curly hair and I hate exercising on the day I washed it, because it looks so nice and washing it everyday dries it out. Sometimes I try and do like a muscle toning exercise which doesn't require a lot of sweating.
Nanachan Nanachan 4 years
my hair is naturally curly, and I wear it that way. Although, when I run, i have to wear it up and out of my face, which stretches out my curls, making me have to rewet it. which is a pain, so I can understand why girls would skip working out.
GummiBears GummiBears 4 years
Naw. When I was getting my hair relaxed, I exercised but it was very sporadically. It wasn't because I was relaxed, but I was lazy and unmotivated. I usually wear my hair in a ponytail so I was very low maintenance anyway. Now that I stopped getting hair relaxers and have more free time, I am exercising more frequently only because I switch it up because I noticed that my motivation starts to slack when I am doing the same routine.
KeLynns KeLynns 4 years
I do this and I don't even have difficult hair. I am white and my hair is pretty easy to deal with. If I'm blowing it out straight, it takes 6 minutes to get from wet and wavy to bone-dry and straight. But I know it's not good for my hair (or my hair color - and therefore my pocketbook) to wash every day, so usually my exercise schedule revolves around my hair washing schedule. The day I wash, I rarely exercise. The second day, I'm OK with light exercise. The last day (i.e. the night before I wash again) is when I let myself get the sweatiest. I realize it's so high-maintenance and silly but...
toinetteb toinetteb 4 years
I used to, but then I got a natural hairstyle that works for me.
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